Glasgow Rocks score a slam dunk for autism
Scotland’s only professional basketball team, Glasgow Rocks is joining a leading charity’s call to Bounce for Autism by springing into action with a fundraising match.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland is calling on people across the country to get on their trampolines, Pogo Sticks and Space Hoppers and join a sponsored Bounce for Autism for World Autism Awareness Day 2014
On Friday 14 March at 7.30pm at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow the Glasgow Rocks will be dunking, dribbling and donating at their semi final trophy match against Cheshire Phoenix to The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland.
An estimated 58,000 people living in Scotland have autism, with more than 6000 understood to live in Glasgow.
World Autism Awareness Day takes place on Wednesday 2nd April 2014, and Bounce for Autism events will be held in the weeks leading up to and following 2nd April, as well as on the day itself.
The Bounce for Autism fundraising pack is full of ideas for activities and events that will get the nation bouncing for autism www.autism.org.uk/bounceforautism. Families, schools, clubs and offices across the nation can sign up now to help increase awareness of autism and raise vital funds that have huge, positive impact on people with autism and their families.
Daniel Bajwoluk, General Manager of the Glasgow Rocks said, “The Glasgow Rocks Franchise is proud to be associated with The National Autistic Society Scotland. Hopefully their presence at our home fixture on the 14th March will raise some awareness about Autism as well as raising some very important funds in order for the charity to continue its amazing work in the community.”
Karron Kent, fundraising officer for The National Autistic Society Karron comments, “It’s a dream come true that the Glasgow Rocks are dedicating their semi-final trophy match to raising awareness of the challenges people with autism experience every day. Glasgow Rocks’ support and the money raised will make a real, positive difference to the lives of people with autism and their families living in Scotland.”
Karron continues, “Bounce for Autism will be fantastic fun, but it has a serious purpose.Our supporters, who are people with autism and their families, tell us children with autism love to bounce, with many finding it a fun and therapeutic activity. But our recent Count Us In report (www.autism.org.uk/countusin) revealed that people with autism feel leisure and sports facilities are not as welcoming as they could be. Ultimately, we hope Bounce for Autism will mean many more people with autism are welcomed into their communities and can really take part in the leisure activities many of us take for granted.”
The semi final trophy match against Cheshire Phoenix semi final takes place on Friday 14 March at 7.30pm at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.